Fleming Comes Up With The Key Plays In 14-0 P-w Win

Posted: October 26, 1998

QUAKERTOWN — When Quakertown's football team threatened to pull off a big upset, Plymouth-Whitemarsh's Tim Fleming decided to make a stand.

In the final minute of the first half, the Colonials' 6-foot, 180-pound junior linebacker made two tackles inside the 5-yard line - including a stop of a quarterback sneak on fourth and goal from the 1 - that enabled Plymouth-Whitemarsh to come away with a 14-0 Suburban One League American Conference victory Friday night.

If that weren't enough, Fleming also recovered one of four Quakertown fumbles and returned an interception 22 yards for a touchdown with 4 minutes, 51 seconds remaining in the game to seal it.

P-W raised its overall record to 6-2, 2-1 Liberty Division. Quakertown fell to 4-4, 0-2.

``We've had a few injuries on defense this year and the rest of the guys knew we had to step things up,'' Fleming said. ``I knew I had to do more and I just came into the game thinking that I had to step my own game up.

``On the interception return, I saw their tight end [Doug Roberts] dragging across the pass route and it was my job to follow him. I saw the pass release and I anticipated it, got the interception and cut down the sideline.''

Although this has not been as dominating a P-W team as it has been in the past, the defense has been just fine, thanks to players like Fleming.

``We don't even compare [with past P-W teams],'' coach Joe Iacovitti said. ``Our defense has been pretty good, though.

``Fleming has played like that all year. He's been solid. When you have an injury to a player like [tackle] Chuck Tornetta, you're going to feel the effects of that. But players like Tim have stepped it up.''

Tornetta, a 6-1, 270-pound tackle on defense and guard on offense was lost due to a knee injury early in the season.

The Colonials got on the board with 7:42 left in the first quarter on sophomore Bryan Tornetta's 2-yard run. It was set up by a 36-yard run by fellow sophomore Bob Travaglini.

``We're young,'' Iacovitti said. ``What you're looking at is basically next year's team.''

The Panthers had eyes on their first win over P-W since 1993, but four fumbles killed those hopes.

``The positives were that our effort was there,'' Quakertown coach Steve Cherrybon said. ``We were competitive. We were not backing down from them and our defense was outstanding.

``Offensively, we had our little spurts but we were not as consistent as we'd like to be. On the fourth-down play, we wanted to run a lead dive off tackle, but our quarterback thought the sneak was there.''

The Panthers' game plan was to keep P-W's offense off the field, Cherrybon said. What he didn't figure on was P-W's defense scoring.

``We wanted to shorten the game,'' he said. ``We were down, 7-0, with a few minutes left in the game and we wanted to be aggressive to get the ball down the field and tie the game. We took our chances.''